Diocese of Oxford
|Diocese of Oxford|
|Archdeaconries||Berkshire, Buckingham, Oxford|
|Bishop||John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford|
|Suffragans||Colin Fletcher, area Bishop of Dorchester
Alan Wilson, area Bishop of Buckingham
Andrew Proud, area Bishop of Reading
|Archdeacons||Karen Gorham, Archdeacon of Buckingham
Martin Gorick, Archdeacon of Oxford
Hedley Ringrose, Interim Archdeacon of Dorchester
Olivia Graham, Archdeacon of Berkshire
Judy French, Archdeacon-designate of Dorchester
The Diocese of Oxford was created in 1541 out of part of the Diocese of Lincoln. Osney Abbey was designated the original cathedral, but in 1545 this was changed to St. Frideswide's which became Christ Church Cathedral.
The suffragan See of Buckingham was created in 1914, and was the suffragan bishop for the whole diocese until 1939 when the See of Dorchester was created; the See of Reading was re-created in 1942, after having been 'in abeyance' since 1909. Since 1994 the Bishop of Ebbsfleet (currently The Right Reverend Jonathan Goodall, consecrated in 2013) has provided 'alternative episcopal oversight' in this diocese (among twelve others in the western part of the Province of Canterbury) to those parishes which cannot in conscience accept the sacramental ministry of bishops who have participated in the ordination of women.
As of 2013[update], the Diocese was taking forward a pastoral scheme to create a new Archdeaconry of Dorchester covering all Oxfordshire except Oxford itself. On 3 March 2014, it was announced that Judy French is to become the first Archdeacon of Dorchester from June 2014; retired archdeacon Hedley Ringrose has been Interim Archdeacon since 2013.
The Diocese now covers the counties of
- three churches in the county of Bedfordshire
- one church in the traditional county of Middlesex
- one church in the country of Hampshire.
As of 2013[update] the diocese was divided into three Episcopal Areas corresponding to its Archdeaconries. The Bishop of Oxford has authority throughout the diocese, but also has primary responsibility for the city and suburbs of Oxford, which are part of the Archdeaconry of Oxford.
- Archdeaconry of Oxford
- City of Oxford & surrounding area
- Dorchester Episcopal Area
- Buckingham Episcopal Area (Archdeaconry of Buckingham)
- Reading Episcopal Area (Archdeaconry of Berkshire)
- Bishop of Oxford
- Archdeacon of Oxford
- Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
- Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (the cathedral of the see)
- Diocese of Oxford – New archdeacon for Dorchester (Accessed 21 March 2014)